FULL NAME:

Thomas J. Kittel

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER (ASN):

36474822

  • DATE OF BIRTH: January 17, 1926
  • DATE OF DEATH: June 16, 2021
RESIDENCE (DURING WWII)

Ann Arbor, Michigan

DATE / PLACE OF ENLISTMENT
  • DATE OF ENLISTMENT:
    August 22, 1944
  • PLACE OF ENLISTMENT:
    Detroit, Michigan
ORGANIZATION
  • MAIN UNIT:
    38th Infantry Regiment
  • SUBUNIT:
    Company L, 3rd Battalion
RANK / POSITION IN UNIT (LAST KNOWN)
  • RANK:
    Technician Fifth Grade (T/5)
  • POSITION IN UNIT:
    1st Scout
BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS

✭ Rhineland Campaign (15 September 1944 – 21 March 1945), ✭ Central Europe Campaign (22 March – 11 May 1945)

SUMMARY OF HIS SERVICE

Thomas Kittel was born on January 17, 1926 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His older brothers Ed and John already served in the Army when Thomas was inducted on August 22, 1944. Later Thomas was sent to Camp Roberts, California, where he was to undergo 17 weeks of basic infantry training. After a few weeks the basic training was shortened because of the heavy casualties suffered at the front of the Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. It meant that Thomas soon had to prepare for an overseas assignment.

In late February 1945, Thomas Kittel arrived in Germany together with the fresh replacements from the States and as a first scout he was assigned to the 2nd Platoon, Company L, 38th Infantry Regiment. On March 23, 1945 Thomas Kittel was wounded in action and was awarded with Purple Heart, but he stayed with his platoon all the way and fought until the end of war when his unit was stationed in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia.

STATUS
  • CATEGORY:
    Wounded In Action (WIA)
  • DATE:
    March 23, 1945
  • LOCATION:
    Germany
HONORED BY:

Sharon Watson, Daughter

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File Unit: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records)
in the Series: World War II Army Enlistment Records, created 6/1/2002 - 9/30/2002, documenting the period ca. 1938 - 1946. - Record Group 64 (info)

Brief Scope: This series contains records of approximately nine million men and women who enlisted in the United States Army, including the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.

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